Easter Survey 2016

Thank you to all who took part in the survey. Following are the findings and some commentary.

Total surveys – 200 (approx. 50 on the street down town and 150 door to door)

Gender break down – 131 male / 69 female

Age range –

72 Teens & Twenties (T&T)
71 Thirties & Forties (Th&F)
57 Fifty plus (50+)

Question 1 What is the main thing you associate with Easter?

38 % Jesus / Crucifixion / Resurrection
25 % Chocolate / Easter Eggs / Bunnies
14 % Religion / Mass
12 % Family / Holiday
5 % Easter Rising / 1916 / lilies
5 % Spring / New Life / New Beginnings
! % Other

Question 2 In the Bible we read about a man called Jesus, do you believe he was a real person?
86.5% Yes
13.5% No / Not sure

Age range          T&T Th&F 50+
Yes                     78%  90%  93%
No/Not sure    22%  10%     7%

Comment :- As well as the four Gospel writers accounts of the life of Jesus, there are other historical documents where he is mentioned, for example by the Roman historian Tacitus and the Jewish historian Josephus.  Even today, non Christian scholars accept that Jesus was a real person.

Question 3 Do you believe the Bible when it records that Jesus died on a cross and came back to life?
73% Yes
27% No / Not sure

Age range       T&T Th&F    50+
Yes                   61%  72%      84%
No/Not sure  39%  28%     16%

Comment :- The resurrection is a core belief of Christianity. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth (1Cor. 15 v 14),     ‘If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.’
If you are sceptical do take time to read up on the evidence and arguments that the resurrection took place.             We recommend John Blanchard’s book, Jesus, dead or alive?
If you would like a free copy, send your name and address to info@newrybaptistchurch.co.uk
Question 4  Can you tell me something that Jesus said that is recorded in the Bible?

53% said no or that they could not think of something. ( 54% T&T / 57 % Th&F / 47% 50+)

The most common answers were;

Love your neighbour / Love one another 6%
This is my body 4%   (given for you, do this in remembrance of me)
He who is without sin, be first to throw the first stone at her 3%
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life 3%
Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them 3%
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 2%
Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing. 2%

Comment :– John’s gospel records an important declaration by Simon Peter;

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’ (John 6 v68)

Look at what Jesus himself declared,

‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.’ (John 14 v6,7 )

‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth,

and the truth will set you free .’               (John 8 v 31,32)

These are just some of the verses in the Gospels which show us the importance of knowing what Jesus taught and claimed. Be like the wiseman in Matthew chapter 7 who built his life on the rock of the teachings of Jesus.

Question 5 What difference have the life and teachings of Jesus made to your life?

29% *None / very little *
21% Example to follow/ Moral Guide / Difference between right from wrong
16% Make me a better person / more kinder, giving, respectful
8% Source of help, comfort, peace
8% Object of faith
5% Background / Culture
13% Other

Age range               T&T  Th&F  50+
*None/very little* 46%   25%   14%

Comment :- Jesus came to make a difference in our life and destiny.
He didn’t just come to teach us right from wrong, he came to make a way of salvation!

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3 v 16

‘I am the resurrection and the life, He who believes in my will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ John 11 v 25